However you're handling things, we're here for you. 

Portrait photos of eight different people with sight loss

During this challenging time, it's vital that we look after our mental health. Whether you’re struggling with feelings of isolation and need to speak to someone, or if you just want some tips on how to stay active and maintain your mental health, we can support you. 

Emergency mental health sessions

Many blind and partially sighted people have faced anxiety, sadness and, even, fear about the unique challenges they have experienced since the pandemic reached the UK in March.

In light of this, our Sight Loss Advice Service has worked with Mind, the mental health charity, to offer free emergency mental health sessions over the phone by BACP-registered counsellors with sight loss experience, to give emotional support during these difficult times.

In an hour-long session with a counsellor, you will have space to share feelings, explore coping strategies and any further support needs. The session will address some of the feelings created by the current situation including anxiety and distress, and help you recognise that accepting you have these feelings is a positive step. The sessions are on offer until June 2021.

If you are struggling with your mental wellbeing and would benefit from support, you can register for a one-off session by completing our referral form:

Emergency mental health session referral form

Anxiety during coronavirus

We’ve seen a significant rise in the number of calls we've been receiving about mental health. We know that coronavirus has brought significant emotional strain and anxiety to many of our lives and that it has caused specific challenges for people with sight loss. We are working hard to remove barriers wherever we can, but most importantly, we are making sure that we are here for everyone affected by sight loss during this time.

If you're unsure about where to start with seeking help, please call our Sight Loss Advice Service on 0303 123 9999.

Our tips for maintaining your mental health

If you're simply looking for some advice on maintaining your mental health during this time, read our list of top tips or watch our film. They include starting a hobby, keeping active,  creating routines, staying connected and asking for help.